Media Studies is an exceptionally creative and innovative subject; learning about the media involves both exploring and making media products. The subject is now taught as an option subject in its own media hub by 5 specialist teachers. As a department, we have access to computer facilities and recording equipment that can enable pupils to manipulate and explore technology. By doing this, pupils learn how we see the real world through the eyes of media institutions, e-media and computer technology.
Key Stage 3
N/A Media Studies is only taught from years 9-11.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4, pupils are taught the Eduqas Media Studies GCSE. The WJEC Eduqas specification is designed to introduce learners to the key areas of the theoretical framework – media language, representation, media industries and audiences. This is taught in relation to diverse examples from a wide range of media forms: advertising and marketing, film, magazines, music video, newspapers, online media, radio, television and video games.
Pupils are assessed by the following:
Component 1 Exploring the Media
Written exam: 1.5 hours (40%)
Component 2 Understanding Media Forms and Products
Written exam: 1.5 hours (30%)
Component 3 Creating Media Products
Non-exam assessment (30%)
A range of briefs in four media forms will be set annually.
Set texts for GCSE Media Specification:
Advertising and Marketing: Quality Street and This Girl Can
Film Posters: Man with the Golden Gun and Spectre
Newspapers: The Guardian and The Sun
Magazines: GQ and Pride
Sitcom: Friends and IT Crowd
Music Videos: Taylor Swift, Pharrell Williams and Michael Jackson
Video Games: Pokémon Go
Radio: The Archers
Over the GCSE course, pupils will have the opportunity to have talks from experts in the media industry.
Skills for Success and Career Opportunities
The subject provides a range of employability skills that help pupils to be successful in later life such as: skills of enquiry, critical thinking, decision-making and analysis. They will also acquire knowledge and understanding of a range of important media issues. Through their component 3 (creation of their own product), pupils will learn the important skills of time management and personal organisation.
Media Studies at GCSE allows for an extensive amount of career opportunities. Many pupils can go onto directly relatable jobs such as: programme research film/video/broadcasting, public relations and production, or they go onto Apprenticeship and University courses which can relate to jobs in: Advertising/ marketing, journalism, information officer, civil service and broadcasting.
Contact the Teaching and Learning Co-ordinator: Media
For further information, please contact Miss E Jones